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    • Alterman
    • 07.12.11 | 14:16 (IST)

    Dear Youngman, there is certainly no consensus regarding the definition of terrorism. But the so called "price tag" attacks are organised, not random - and they attack iconic and religious/political symbols, such as mosques. The perpetrators want to instill fear and hatred, and they are clearly focused on politics - they are using violent methos in their protest against the evacuation of outposts and so on and so forth. Here are also a few words from Wikipedia: "Nonetheless, Hoffman himself believes it is possible to identify some key characteristics of terrorism. He proposes that: By distinguishing terrorists from other types of criminals and terrorism from other forms of crime, we come to appreciate that terrorism is : ineluctably political in aims and motives violent – or, equally important, threatens violence designed to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond the immediate victim or target conducted by an organization with an identifiable chain of command or conspiratorial cell structure (whose members wear no uniform or identifying insignia) and perpetrated by a subnational group or non-state entity.[22] A definition proposed by Carsten Bockstette at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, underlines the psychological and tactical aspects of terrorism: Terrorism is defined as political violence in an asymmetrical conflict that is designed to induce terror and psychic fear (sometimes indiscriminate) through the violent victimization and destruction of noncombatant targets (sometimes iconic symbols). Such acts are meant to send a message from an illicit clandestine organization. The purpose of terrorism is to exploit the media in order to achieve maximum attainable publicity as an amplifying force multiplier in order to influence the targeted audience(s) in order to reach short- and midterm political goals and/or desired long-term end states."[23]

    from the article: West Bank mosque set alight in suspected 'price tag' attack
    First published 11:44 07.12.11 | Last updated 11:44 07.12.11
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